by Diana Barnum
The new Case K-Series Crawler Dozers PowerSteer System offers
equipment operators easier control over the dual hand levers in the
H-Series. Their heavy range140-net-hp 1650K and 180-net-hp 1850K machines
push 100% torque through turns.
“The K-Series uses a single hand lever
control and is popular because it is easy to run,” said Tom Truck, branch
manager of the Dublin, Ohio office, Southeastern Equipment. Southeastern
Equipment sells, rents and services new and used construction equipment in
over a dozen locations throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. “The
equipment has infinitely variable speeds with hydrostatic
The 1650K XLT (Extra Long Track) /LGP (Low Ground
Pressure) model has a Cummins 6BT-5.9 fuel injection 6-cylinder engine
that takes diesel fuel. Engine speeds range from 800/950 low idle to 2350
high idle - no load. The hydraulic system features variable equipment and
steering pump with piston pump load sensing and maximum pump flow of
31.7gpm at 2000 rpm. Undercarriage specs include hydraulic track
adjustment and 48 track shoes, 8 rollers and 2 carrier rollers per side.
Track measures 22” for the XLT, 31.5” for the LGP. Operating weight is
33,780 lbs for the XLT, 35,700 lbs for the LGP.
The 1850K comes in three models: Long Track (LT), XLT and LGP. Track
measures 22” and 24” for the LT and XLT and 30” and 36” for the LGP.
Operating weights are 43,762 lbs for the LT, 45,415 lbs for the XLT and
48,590 for the LGP.
But the K-models are not the only popular pieces
of equipment at Southeastern in Dublin. The Case 550H Crawler Dozer,
included along the same line up as the K-Series, is working hard for
C&C Trenching, owned by John & Dave Coe of New Albany, Ohio.
C&C digs basements and footers and for utility services. Their current
job site is a new housing development construction site called Harbor
Point, just east of Alum Creek. Crews are digging basements, cutting
roads, moving dirt and grading yards with the 550H for Showcase Homes, a
division of M/I Schottenstein Homes Inc.
“It’s easy to operate,” said
Scotty Sparks, equipment operator for C&C. “They’re hauling in dirt
for the yard right now. And we’re raising the grading up to the Tough
& Dry Waterproof level. And 10ft. out it needs to be 6” so that water
sheds down and away from the house.” The H-Series offers three track
configurations: LT, Wide Track (WT) and LGP. A Case 4-390 or 4T-390 engine
is featured with four cylinders and using #2 diesel fuel.
main difference between the H & K, other than job size? The H has two
different hand controls, one for each track, with 4-speeds: high with 2nd
and 4th gears, and low with 1st and 3rd gears. In other words, a turn
might mean 80% turn to one track, 20% to the other. The K does not have
this feature. All power goes through only one hand control.
“The H has
two hand levers, giving power to both sides or tracks so it’ll turn,”
explained Truck. “With the K, the flow of the hydraulic fluid powers the
tracks and spreads the flow, say 80%, 20% for a turn. In my opinion, with
the K, a good operator will do better. And for a poor operator, it’ll make
Hydraulic features are being added to the new smaller
Case machines coming up. For more information about Case equipment,
contact the Southeastern Equipment corporate office at 10874 East Pike
Road, Cambridge, Ohio 43725. Call: (740) 432-6131; or fax inquiries to:
(740) 432-6351. Visit them online at